Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Loudoun County, VA
Paper Chase - Anyone done one before?
So I'm entering a paper chase in October (unless my partner bugs out on me!). I've never done one, but my new motto is do everything I'm interested in (live life to the fullest and all), so I'm going for it.
My lovely mare is still green, and this would be a very new experience for her, so I just want to ensure that I've prepped her enough. So I have a few questions for anyone who has done one...
Do you feel like you primarily cantered the whole way to make time? Is it more leisurely than competing cross country or is it similar to that?
There are two jumping divisions and one hilltoppers division. I'm probably doing hilltoppers (don't want to fry poor mare with too much), but what height/spread would you assume the jumps would be? The course is described as "hunt country". The divisions are described as "Jumping I", and "Jumping II(no coops)", with no other explanation. What would be a standard sized jump in hunt country?
How would you describe the dress code? I don't think anyone's going to wear show/hunt coats, so I assume just look tidy and I should be good to go. Tan breeches, and polo or neat jacket depending on weather is what I'm thinking.
Any other useful tips?